We Asked Peggy….
Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?
Without a doubt I would be Nanny Fee. AT 93 years old, she’s lived a fabulous life. A career as a concert pianist, 4 husbands, numerous affairs with fringe royalty in Europe, she’s also a community activist, staunch Catholic, and an impish flirt to anything with X and Y genes! She speaks her mind and has no filter. But…she loves unconditionally, especially her granddaughters and is loyal to the point of battle if she feels someone she loves has been wronged.
Q2: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?
I love this question. The simple answer is forgiveness. Forgiveness is so much more for the person giving it than receiving it. Holding on to anger and bad thoughts about someone else or their actions is nothing if not soul-sucking. In Dearly Beloved, I wanted to explore how people come to a state of grace for forgiveness when it looks like they’ll never be able to or to move on from a hurt.
Colleen needs to forgive her ex-fiance for cheating on her. She also needs to forgive her parents for decamping once her younger sister died.
Slade needs to forgive his father for almost destroying the family business, thereby changing the future life Slade had carved for himself.
Now since this is a romance story, the major plot also revolves around getting two people who have no business being together to a state of an HEA. Learning to forgive others is a determined path on that road to their happily ever after.
Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?
When I came out of the womb. I had a pen in my hand. It was pretty painful for my mother, but…
All kidding aside, I knew I WAS a writer when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I was given my first lock and key diary and I filled it up within weeks – not with details about my boring life – but with stories about a lonely girl who was able to find a forever family who loved her and took her on adventures.
Speed Round (just to get to know you better ):
- Coffee, tea, or other? DIET MOUNTAIN DEW
- Music preference? 50’s and 60’s rock with a little 80’s thrown in. ( I tend to skip the 70’s)
- Favorite movie? GONE WITH THE WIND
- Dog, cat, or other? Both
- Favorite author? Nora Roberts and her doppelganger JD ROBB
About the Book
Dearly Beloved (A Match Made in Heaven – Book 1)
Colleen O’Dowd manages a thriving bridal business with her sisters in Heaven, New Hampshire. After fleeing Manhattan and her cheating ex-fiancé, Colleen still believes in happily ever afters. But with a demanding business to run, her sisters to look after, and their 93-year-old grandmother to keep out of trouble, she’s worried she’ll never find Mr. Right.
Playboy Slade Harrington doesn’t believe in marriage. His father’s six weddings have taught him life is better as an unencumbered single guy. But Slade loves his little sister. He’ll do anything for her, including footing the bill for her dream wedding. He doesn’t plan on losing his heart to a smart-mouthed, gorgeous wedding planner, though.
When her ex-fiancé comes back into the picture, Colleen must choose between Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now.
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Read an Excerpt
I stared at him for a moment, mulling over how I wanted to ask him what I’d been dying to ask since we’d been in my office.
Finally, because there was no other way to get around it but bluntly, I said, “I feel like we need to discuss your father. Come to a decision about where he fits in the wedding.”
When the warmth in his expression shifted to ice, a weaker-willed person might have stopped there. Since I’m not weak and my parents have always told me I have a real problem with knowing when to quit, I pushed on. “It seems to me as if Isabella wants him to be included. Whether in a father-of-the-bride role, or simply as a guest, I really do think she’d like him to attend, but, for whatever reason, she’s reluctant to press you on it.”
Did I say ice? What’s colder than ice? Because whatever it is, that was the expression floating in Slade’s eyes right then as he glared at me.
Warning bells blared in my head, but that thing about me not knowing when to quit? Yeah, it’s real.
“I think Isabella’s afraid of upsetting you if she tells you how she feels or asks your permission. She loves you so much and respects your opinion.”
“You don’t know anything about my sister. Or me.” He lowered his hands from his hips, kept them fisted at his sides. “Or our relationship with our father.”
“True, but I get the sense—”
He barreled over me as if I hadn’t said a word.
“You’ve been hired to do a job, Miss O’Dowd. I suggest you do it and keep your thoughts about my family to yourself. You’re a wedding planner, not a family counselor.” His voice dropped a level, deepening as it became softer. The cadence became clipped, the tone more…lethal.
If this was the way he acted in business, it was a wonder he hadn’t been convicted of corporate homicide yet.
“Look, I’m not asking simply to be nosy,” I said, my voice rising in opposition to his. “I really do have to plan all this out. There’s still the rehearsal and the dinner after it left to deal with. Then there’s the reception seating. Plus, if he is included, I’ll need to make sure he has a room, a tuxedo, and find out if he’s bringing a guest.”
“What aren’t you understanding about this, Miss O’Dowd?” Slade asked, taking a step toward me. If he’d thought to intimidate me with his height, he’d miscalculated. Retreat wasn’t a word in my lexicon. I simply lifted my chin and stared right back at him.
“I understand a lot more than you think, Mr. Harrington. About all sorts of things. Arrogant and pigheaded men included.”
When he continued to stand like a plank of wood in front of me, his mouth turning down and creasing the sides of his jaw, I knew—knew—I should stop.
All About Peggy
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
Tying into her love of families, her children’s book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.
Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.
In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.
In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader’s Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.
In 2018, Peggy was a finalist in the HOLT MEDALLION Award and once again in the 2018 Stiletto Contest.
A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.
As always, it’s been my pleasure having Peggy here for a visit. I absolutely adore Peggy’s books (especially the ones that include food). If you’ve not sampled a Peggy Jaeger book, I’d suggest you run, don’t walk, to your closest online retailer!